Equality and Diversity Newsletter

The newsletter aims to raise awareness of the Equality and Diversity calendar, and to share events reflecting the diversity of our staff and patients, including key events for persons with any of the nine protected characteristics.

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Key events in October

October is:

  • Black History Month
  • Global Diversity Awareness Month

1-7 October is National Dyslexia Week

1 October

  • Dyslexia Awareness Week
  • International Day of Older Persons
  • Jashn-e Mehregan (or Mihr jashan) - Zoroastrian
  • Shemini Atzeret - Judaism

2 October

  • Feast of the Guardian Angels - Christian
  • Simchat Torah - Judaism

4 October

  • Saint Francis Day - Christian
  • Blessing of the Animals - Christian Jain

9 October

  • Birthday of Guru Ram Das - Sikh
  • Navaratri begins - Hindu

10 October

  • World Mental Health Day

12 October

  • World Sight Day

14-19 October

  • Durga Puja - Hindu

17 October

  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

18 October

  • Saint Luke, Apostle and Evangelist - Christian

19 October

  • Dussehra - Dasara - Hindu

20 October

  • Conferring of Guruship on the Guru Granth Sahib - Sikh
  • Birth of the Báb - Bahá'i

24 October

  • Pavarana Day - Buddhist

31 October

  • All Hallows' Eve - Christian
  • Samhain (Halloween) - Beltane - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemispheres
  • Reformation Day - Protestant Christian
  • Samhain - Wiccan Pagan
  • Samhuinn - Druid
  • Reformation Day - Protestant Christian

Key events in November

November is:

  • Movember Men's Health Awareness Month

1 November

  • All Saints Day - Christian

2 November

  • All Souls Day - Christian
  • Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I - Rastafari

4 November

  • Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day - Islam

7 November

  • Bandi Chhor Divas - Sikh
  • Diwali - Deepavali - Hindu, Sikh, Jain

8 November

  • Saal Mubarak - Hindu

9 November

  • Dedication of the Lateran Basilica - Christian Catholic

10 November

  • The Birth of Baha 'u' 'llah - Bahá'i

15 November

  • Nativity Fast begin - Christian

20 November

  • Mawlid An Nabl - Islam
  • Universal Children's Day
  • Trans Day of Remembrance

21 November

  • Eid al Adha - Islam

23 November

  • Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib - Sikh
  • Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur - Sikh

25 November

  • Feast of Christ the King - Christian Catholic

26 November

  • Day of the Covenant - Bahá'i

28 November

  • Ascension of Abdul'l-Baha - Bahá'i

30 November

  • St. Andrews Day - Christian

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